Dr. Clair Thunes

Nutritionist for EnviroEquine Dr. Clair Thunes is passionate about her profession—one that she decided upon at the age of 14. After earning a Bachelor of Science with Honors from Edinburgh University, and a Master of Science in Animal Science and a PhD in Nutrition from the University of California, Davis, Dr. Thunes went on to found Summit Equine Nutrition LLC an independent consulting company in 2007.

An experienced nutritionist and accomplished scientist, Dr. Thunes understands the vital role that nutrition plays in managing horses today. Most importantly, she believes in making nutrition accessible to everyone and removes the guesswork so that owners have the peace of mind that their horse’s diets are optimal for maximum health and peak performance.

Her clients include all horses from competitors at the 2016 Rio Olympics to retired pasture friends, mules and miniature donkeys. She writes a weekly online commentary for theHorse.com and her nutrition articles have been published in noted publications including: The Horse, Equine Wellness, Trail Blazer, Horse & Rider and The Horse Report. Besides consulting, Clair is a regular guest speaker at the UC Davis school of veterinary medicine and was a lecturer teaching equine nutrition and equine exercise physiology in their animal science department for several years. Currently she teaches equine health at Cosumnes River College. Clair continues to be involved with the United States Pony Clubs, Inc., most recently as the regional supervisor for the Sierra Pacific Region.

Rachel Mottet

Nutritionist and Sales Manager for EnviroEquine Rachel Mottet (moe-tay) hails from Waukesha Wisconsin and joined the equestrian community at the age of five. Since her first ride over 30 years ago, she’s been hooked and has owned, trained and competed with horses in hunter/jumpers and eventing ever since. This lifestyle has guided her through 11 years of university education where she earned a B.S. in Equine Science from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, an M.S. in Animal Science from North Dakota State University, and a PhD (June 2020) in the areas of Nutrition and Animal Science from the University of Minnesota. Her PhD research has focused heavily on fiber, specifically the prebiotic properties of inulin and yeast.

Her professional experience includes two years as an instructor at a community college teaching Equine and Animal Science curriculum, and most recently 7 years with Purina Animal Nutrition as an Equine Specialist. She found her calling serving the equestrian community through nutritional consulting, which is where she feels most at home and finds a deep sense of fulfillment in the work she does. In her career with Purina, she has worked with hundreds of horse farms encompassing nearly every breed imaginable, has made individual feed decisions for well over 5,000 horses, and has given educational seminars to thousands of horse owners. She has found a true calling as a professional in the equine nutrition industry.